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Checklist S48360119

 
Location
Anahuac NWR (UTC 049), Chambers County, Texas, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:00 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
2 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
4.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Willick
Comments:
Continuing Texas Trip (day seven of a 9-day trip), birding here with brother-in-law Phil Brown. The start time, duration and distance covered are all approximate. Including in this list are combined bird observations for all sites that were visited within the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); for most of the species, because of lack of time, I didn't separate out per the different sections visited.

Abbreviations used (for sites we visited this afternoon within the ANWR):
ST = Anahuac NWR--the "Skillern Tract"; FM1985 (between Anahuac main entrance road & Hwy 124);
WT= "The Willows Trail", and main entrance area of the Anahuac NWR; and
SP = Anahuac NWR, the "Shoveler Pond" (SP), from the driving tour loop road.

Weather: Low 70s (estimated; deg. F), to 65 deg. F at 1800 hours. Overcast to partly cloudy and breezy (3 to 8 mph, estimated).
Species
47 species (+3 other taxa) total
4

On the northwestern quadrant of the SP, at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

3

In the SP part of Anahuac NWR.

20

SP

3

At SP, appropriately enough.

1

One female (SP)

100
duck sp.

Probably 100s that were out too far to bother trying to ID.

3

Seen in the SP I believe.

2
2

These were heard only, which sounded to me like our Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail back in California. However, if the calls of King and Clapper are very similar/unseparable, then this should be moved to the King/Clapper Rail category.

1
5

In the SP area.

4

In the SP area.

1
2

The SP area.

3

The SP area.

2

The SP area.

2

SP area.

X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher

The SP area.

2

SP area.

X

All of the herons & egrets were probably seen in the SP loop, but some may've been seen in the ST.

X
X
2
X

In my notes entered "lots", but presumably these were out in the ag fields, and areas with livestock, along FM1985.

10
3
1
1
1

I believe this was seen along Hwy 124, north of High Island somewhere.

1

Along the WT.

8
1

Along Hwy 124.

1

Along Hwy. 124.

1

On the WT.

2
25
5

Five heard singing along the SP loop road.

1

WT

2
2

WT and SP.

3

Males along the WT, or near ANWR entrance.

X

My notes for the day just say "lots" for Anahuac NWR in general (probably lots on the SP loop).

3
5
X
Boat-tailed/Great-tailed Grackle

Several seen on the SP loop road; I suspected, by the calls I heard from these, that they were Boat-tailed Grackles, but it's been so long since I've heard BTGR that I forget how they differ. I didn't think they sounded like typical GTGRs from Calif. I assume this is more typical habitat for Boat-tails at SP, but GTGRs can be such generalists it seems, habitat-wise.

1

Female on the WT.

1

A male on the WT.

1

A male on the WT.

1

Female, WT.

3

Along the road into the ST, south of FM1985.

ML114024341

© Doug Willick

Dickcissel along entrance road, off FM1985, to the ST.

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes